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02 Aug 2013 - 22:31105613
Wheelchair cosplay prop?
My friends and I are hoping to do a group Elfen Lied cosplay to HyperJapan in London this October, But I have a slight worry.
I've chosen to cosplay Mariko who's usually seen in a wheelchair. Would it be acceptable to take one as a prop? I'm worried it will be frowned upon or seen as insensitive as i'm not an actual wheelchair user.
Please help!

02 Aug 2013 - 23:19105614
I would probably go without, not really for it appearing insensitive but the possibility of people wasting their time/resources or energy thinking that you are actually disabled when they can be looking to sort out something else. Of course a quick comment in telling them that its just a prop is one thing, but that could lead them to feel pretty awkward. I imagine it could be a bit of a pain to take with you even if you're not sitting on it for the whole day?
It's just my two cents, but just for a photoshoot would do no harm

03 Aug 2013 - 00:36105615
I'd suggest taking a fold up camping chair, they're light enough to carry around, and if you get stopped for a photo on the con floor it wont take a second to unfold it. You could always decorate it to look like a wheelchair, but I imagine it being more appropriate and less hassle than taking a real wheelchair.

03 Aug 2013 - 12:40105620
Alright! Thank you for your suggestions ^.^

04 Aug 2013 - 15:17105664
yeah i would prob take a chair and have it side on with like a cut out of a wheelchair you could rest against it

05 Aug 2013 - 22:31105722
Yeah ive seen a couple people who use wheelchairs as probs who dont need them, and its totally me being overly sensitive but I hate it >_<

05 Aug 2013 - 23:41105723
Best to avoid, for reasons already discussed, also the fact that a wheelchair isn't something you learn how to use right away, simple as it seems. Things like how not to get your fingers caught, turning corners, going through doors etc aren't that easy. So unless you get a friend to push you around all day (and they'd need to know how to do that in a crowded space without hurting people, which also comes from experience), it'd be annoying for both you and the other attendees.

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